Vilano Boatworks is a custom sportfish builder based in St. Augustine, Florida, and brings to the table new and original designs by in-house naval architect Erwin Gerards. Builds will feature Caterpillar engines in all models.

Vilano hull Nos. 1 and 2 will feature the all-new 2,400 hp Caterpillar C32B engines, and will be outfitted with gyrostabilizers, omnidirectional sonar and a full tower.

The first build, a fully loaded 65’ will displace approximately 90,000 pounds, and draft 5 feet, 5 inches with ­shallow prop pockets. Fuel capacity is 2,100 gallons. The builder anticipates a ­cruising speed of more than 40 knots and a top end approaching 50 knots. The Vilano Boatworks 65’ is expected to hit the water in May 2022.

In total, five boats (55’, 60’, 65’, 69’, 72’) have been and approved and in various stages of development.

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“We are focused on innovation, quality and performance. We have assembled a team of industry professionals, including the DH Yachts tea, with talents in all aspects of the building and selling of custom sportfish boats. Our company goals are to serve the sportfishing market with quality products, for many years to come, expanding our line up with boats from the mid 50’s to the mid 80′ range.” Co-Founding Partner Vilano Boatworks – Mark Lacovara